Russian MPs call for relaxing rules on Nazi symbols
Moscow: Russian lawmakers have voted to lift a legal ban on displays of Nazi symbols like swastikas as long as they are not intended to promote fascist ideology.
Currently the public display of Nazi symbols along with logos of extremist organisations is banned in Russia and punishable by a fine or up to 15 days behind bars.
A vote by the lower house of parliament on Tuesday backed lifting the ban, which was introduced in 2014. The amendment still has to be passed by the senate and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.
Lawmakers opposing the ban pointed out that it theoretically applies to documentaries about the Third Reich as well as World War II-related feature films, book illustrations and school textbooks. – AFP